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George Tesson

George accepts students of all levels and ages. While encouraging traditional classical training he includes preparatory studies leading to improvisation.


George's teacher George Bohler played piano in church as well as in dance bands; many of the American popular tunes that student George learned from his teacher have become "jazz standards" (see The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire by Ted Gioia).  One of George Bohler's styles was "stride", made famous by pianists such as James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.  It combines a solid knowledge of chords with a moving left hand (for a great demonstration of stride playing see local artist Stephanie Trick live or on Youtube).


Even though George Tesson's degree is in chemical engineering, he has been giving piano lessons since high school. His first student was his younger sister Mary.  George was not a prodigy, thus he understands the importance of persistence and practice.

To add piano music to your dinner party or cocktail hour contact George Tesson.  He will play the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellingtion, Gershwin, Jobim, and more!



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